Copyright 2017 Christ Episcopal Church, 1035 Lafayette Rd., Portsmouth, NH 03801     603-436-8842     christportsnh@comcast.net

About Christ Church

Christ Church:

A spiritually strong, inclusive, progressive church

We are a strong, spiritually centered, diverse and inclusive community of seekers growing together in worship, music, healing, study and fellowship. We are a mission church in the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, part of the Episcopal Church, USA, a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion and are affiliated with the Center for Progressive Christianity, creating an open and welcoming community of faith by expressing our approach to the practice of Christianity as outlined in The 8 Points outlined below. Our members come from Maine as well as New Hampshire.

What is Progressive Christianity?

By calling ourselves Progressive, we mean that we are Christians who... 1. Believe that following the path and teachings of Jesus can lead to an awareness and experience of the Sacred and the Oneness and Unity of all life; 2. Affirm that the teachings of Jesus provide but one of many ways to experience the Sacredness and Oneness of life, and that we can draw from diverse sources of wisdom in our spiritual journey; 3. Seek community that is inclusive of ALL people, including but not limited to: o Conventional Christians and questioning skeptics, o Believers and agnostics, o Women and men, o Those of all sexual orientations and gender identities, o Those of all classes and abilities; 4. Know that the way we behave towards one another is the fullest expression of what we believe; 5. Find grace in the search for understanding and believe there is more value in questioning than in absolutes; 6. Strive for peace and justice among all people; 7. Strive to protect and restore the integrity of our Earth; 8. Commit to a path of life-long learning, compassion, and selfless love.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Our Mission Statement

The mission of Christ Church is to share the light of Christ in the world.  As progressive Christians we welcome all people into our sanctuary, regardless of race, economic circumstances, gender, sexual orientation, or religious background.  We gather to worship, sing, celebrate, acknowledge common needs, be fed at God’s table and care, come and nurture one another.  From there we go forth into the world to be active servants of the spirit of Jesus, ministering to those in need and taking God’s grace and peace into the wider community.

Opportunities for Outreach

Reaching out to those in need is a fundamental part of who we are as a community of faith. At the heart of our various ministries is the understanding that we are able to offer hope because we have found our hope in God. We offer aid not out of our abundance, but out of God’s abundance. It is Jesus who instructs us to care for one another, and it is God who gives us the grace to follow Jesus’ command.

Salvation Army Soup Kitchen

We support this ministry by consistently offering a team of 4-8 Christ Church parishioners who serve food from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month.  The need to feed people has continued to increase in recent years. Christ Church has served at the Salvation Army kitchen for over 20 years. The Portsmouth Salvation Army is located at 15 Middle Street.

Support groups meeting at Christ Church

Several support groups meet at Christ Church each month. Among these are: Alanon: Meetings are held every Monday at 7 p.m.; Wednesday at 10 a.m.; and Thursday at 7:15 p.m. AA Back to Basics: Meetings are every Friday at 7 p.m. P-FLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays): The fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.

Outreach Ministry in Cooperation with Trinity Church, Hampton

Trinity’s Food Pantry

Trinity's food pantry provides shelf stable foods and personal hygiene products to families in need within the Hampton area community.  On average, Trinity’s pantry gives away more than $10,000 worth of food and household products to families in need each year. The pantry is staffed by church volunteers from both Trinity and Christ churches every Saturday from 10 o'clock a.m. till Noon and by Hampton Community Coalition volunteers on Tuesdays and Thursdays, during the school year, from 10 O'clock a.m. till Noon .  Not only do our congregations provide food for the pantry, we also receive donations from the Boy Scouts, the Postal Workers, local schools, and generous individuals and businesses in the community. If you'd like to get involved with the Food Pantry, please call the Trinity Church office at 926-5688.

Outreach Ministry in Partnership with Episcopalians Across America

Episcopal Relief and Development

Our congregation supports the Church’s worldwide presence and enables Episcopal Relief and Development to work alongside local leaders and community members who are best equipped to identify and address the most urgent needs.    Episcopal Relief and Development not only helps in times of disaster, but each and every day.
Copyright 2017 Christ Episcopal Church, 1035 Lafayette Rd., Portsmouth, NH 03801     603-436-8842  

About

Christ

Church

Christ Church:

A spiritually

strong,

inclusive,

progressive church

We are a strong, spiritually centered, diverse and inclusive community of seekers growing together in worship, music, healing, study and fellowship. We are a mission church in the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, part of the Episcopal Church, USA, a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion and are affiliated with the Center for Progressive Christianity, creating an open and welcoming community of faith by expressing our approach to the practice of Christianity as outlined in The 8 Points outlined below. Our members come from Maine as well as New Hampshire.

What is Progressive Christianity?

By calling ourselves Progressive, we mean that we are Christians who... 1. Believe that following the path and teachings of Jesus can lead to an awareness and experience of the Sacred and the Oneness and Unity of all life; 2. Affirm that the teachings of Jesus provide but one of many ways to experience the Sacredness and Oneness of life, and that we can draw from diverse sources of wisdom in our spiritual journey; 3. Seek community that is inclusive of ALL people, including but not limited to: o Conventional Christians and questioning skeptics, o Believers and agnostics, o Women and men, o Those of all sexual orientations and gender identities, o Those of all classes and abilities; 4. Know that the way we behave towards one another is the fullest expression of what we believe; 5. Find grace in the search for understanding and believe there is more value in questioning than in absolutes; 6. Strive for peace and justice among all people; 7. Strive to protect and restore the integrity of our Earth; 8. Commit to a path of life-long learning, compassion, and selfless love.

Our Mission Statement

The mission of Christ Church is to share the light of Christ in the world.  As progressive Christians we welcome all people into our sanctuary, regardless of race, economic circumstances, gender, sexual orientation, or religious background.  We gather to worship, sing, celebrate, acknowledge common needs, be fed at God’s table and care, come and nurture one another.  From there we go forth into the world to be active servants of the spirit of Jesus, ministering to those in need and taking God’s grace and peace into the wider community.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire